Italian creates godly music
HEAVENLY organ music created by musician Sergio Militello was a hit with Warwick residents who gathered at the city’s Uniting Church on Monday.
The performance attracted the best audience of the international musician’s Australian tour, organiser David Cahill said.
Warwick Enthusiastic Organ music lovers sat listening to Sergio playing a repertoire from recital of well-known composers like Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and Marco Enrico Bossi (1861-1925).
He also treated the audience to a piece by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). Sergio continued with the first masterpiece of composer Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945), La Cavalleria Rusticana.
This one was made famous in theatres around the world.
Many may remember it featured the operetta in the Godfather Part 3.
He also played a piece of Percy Eastman Fletcher (1879-1932), an English composer and director in the London theatre of that era.
Sergio could not resist inviting his audience to join in singing when he performed his version of some popular Australian songs.
The audience heard the Australian anthem and Waltzing Matilda.
These pieces were sent to Sergio two weeks prior to his tour to Australia.
The musician likes to perform songs from the host country.
Sergio’s next and final leg of his tour will be Rockhampton, before flying back to Italy on Friday.
Sergio and his travel companion Andrea, the vicar of the Bishop ofSavona, Italy, said they were happy to see, for the first time, three kangaroos on the outskirt of Warwick.
They also admired St Mary’s Church and the chapel at Scots College.
After his performance at the Uniting Church, Sergio and Andrea mingled and talked to people at the hall where supper and a cup of tea was served.
Sergio said he was born in Sicily and as a young man went to Florence to study at the university for music.
He had a conversation in Sicilian dialect with local Con Lo Giudice, also born in Sicily. Sergio is planning to comeback here next year.
David Cahill, member of Queensland Organ Society, was delighted and thanked everyone for their support.